Tango 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 1, 2016

Graduates: December 23, 2016


Week 4 summary

As said by Bon Jovi “Whoa we’re halfway there ooohhh we’re livin on a prayer”! The days have been going by so fast for terrible Tango. It feels like yesterday when we pulled up to Sexton hall scared out of our minds but suddenly we find ourselves about to become a senior company.

Week four started off with buckets and buckets of sweat. Tango could not catch a single break no matter how hard we tried we just weren’t good enough. Besides the physical aspect our days started to be filled with classes that we can barely stay awake in. Eventually Tango stumbled upon the break we’ve needed, Thanksgiving! Needless to say terrible Tango was very thankful. The anticipation for thanksgiving actually got us through the week. Project Fireside was Amazing. Much of our Chain of Command came to the Gymnasium to see us off.

Holiday music played as the residents of Cape May filed in to claim us. Some by pairs, while some took up to five and others took 20 or more. We are so grateful for the hospitality and generosity shown to us by the locals. We were treated to good food, warm homes, and great company. Some homes even had pets for us to love on. We also got to call family and friends it was an emotional day, but still a very good one. We returned to the training center refreshed and re motivated, Tango was ready to throw themselves full bore into our training and just in time; midterms were on Friday. Good News we aced it! Other big events this week included our physical fitness midterm test and our firefighting practical, in which we got to don full fire fighting gear and use a fire hose as a team.

Most importantly we filled out our dream sheets the piece of paper that will decide how and where our Coast Guard Career will begin. We should find out late this week what our first duty station will be. Tango ended this week on a high note, we performed well enough today that our Lead Company Commander took us on a scenic march out towards the beach and let us call Jody’s for the first time. Then we earned evening routine! The week ahead promises to be a tough one; we have inspections looming in the near future and week five is search and rescue week, we have to get up early get dressed and be at chow in 15 minutes. With any luck you will be hearing from us later this week, with news on our first duty station.


Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.


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